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Update: MFG Day up to 94 CA events now!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 28, 2017

There are now 94 California events registered so far for MFGDay 2017.  (updated from 77 last week)

MAKE SURE YOU OPEN YOUR FACILITIES FOR "MFGDay" ON OCTOBER 6, 2017 so California can eclipse last year's 180 total. REGISTER AN EVENT HERE.


Check out the more than 30 MFG videos you can use to engage your audience, co-workers, and colleagues as we near the target date.

Here are a few particularly spectacular videos:

If you’re curious about what your options are for hosting an event, how to get people to your event, or how you can make MFG DAY work for your company, Go HERE.



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CA can lead the Nation this MFG Day - Oct. 6

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 21, 2017

If you’ve visited lately, you may have noticed that the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has taken charge of Manufacturing Day, giving it a renewed energy and focus as the national celebration heads into its sixth year.


Manufacturing in the United States faces all sorts of roadblocks, but many manufacturers say the lack of a skilled workforce is their largest hurdle. A recent report from the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte shows that over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled. Manufacturing is not just critical to the U.S. and California economy -- it is also a way of life and an integral component of our national identity. This talent shortage threatens manufacturers’ ability to innovate, create jobs and compete in the global marketplace.

That is why CMTA is supporting the sixth annual Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 6, 2017. Manufacturing Day is a national event where manufacturers in the U.S. open their doors to show that 21st century manufacturing is a high-skilled, sleek, technology-driven industry that offers good-paying jobs and fuels the economy. Manufacturing Day is the perfect time to draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a manufacturing career can provide and give future talent firsthand experience with the real world of manufacturing.

Last year, more than 2,800 events were held in all 50 states. CMTA was proud that California manufacturers hosted more than 180 of those events, eclipsing our 2015 number of 120. CMTA participated by attending events and honoring our 2016 Champions Betts Spring, and this year we intend to announce another Manufacturing Champion, maybe two!

We want to increase the number of hosted events this year to continue the day's incredible success and growth. Currently Califonia has 65 companies and institutions registered to host 67 MFGDay events. We will update our readers regularly on the newest companies to register to host events leading up to October 6.

If you’re curious about what your options are for hosting an event, how to get people to your event, or how you can make MFG DAY work for your company, Go HERE.


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Manufacturers can make a difference in the Capitol

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 3, 2017

CMTA never stops fighting for manufacturers in California's Legislature and regulatory agencies. One of the biggest challenges is keeping advocacy at the forefront of manufacturers’ thoughts and actions throughout the year.  We need manufacturers to engage on the most pressing issues in the Capitol so policymakers hear from the companies that invest in California and high wage jobs. We encourage active participation in CMTA's Champion advocacy engagement campaigns that range from contacting a legislative office or simply tweeting your company's concerns over an issue.

This week you should show your support for cost-effective climate change policy and a well-designed cap-and-trade system.  There will be an important vote soon on cap-and-trade and we need a chorus of manufacturers driving home the necessity of cost effectiveness in reaching California's new and demanding 2030 climate change goals. 

Click below to watch our 1-minute video on cap and trade and engage on the issue.

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You can help shape a new NAFTA

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on June 13, 2017

Congress was notified on May 18 that the North American Free Trade Agreement would be renegotiated.  That kicked off a 90-day timeline for comments, hearings and advocacy on the key issues in the decades old treaty.  US manufacturers and their workers stand to gain or lose big in this process.

Our colleagues at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) are in full gear to make the best case possible for manufacturers.  Your participation is crucial, and it’s easy to help.  The staff at NAM want to share stories of how NAFTA has been a benefit to your company – how you have grown in the US through sales or supplier relationships with Mexico or Canada. They also want to hear if there are improvements that need to be made in the agreement to address any problems.

The clock is ticking, so don’t delay.  Send information to me at

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California manufacturers need NAFTA

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on May 30, 2017

The Trump administration recently opened a 90-day consultation period with Congress that will set the stage for a formal renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the rules for trade between the US, Canada and Mexico.

Announced in a letter from the United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the decades old NAFTA agreement was described as “outdated” and in need of modernization to incorporate more recent standards in US trade agreements. His letter also says the administration is motivated out of a desire to grow the U.S. economy.

It is hard to overstate the importance of NAFTA and other trade agreements to California's economy. Thousands of logistics and transportation jobs are supported by California’s role as the “state-of-destination” for more than 18 percent of all US merchandise imports (March, 2017). Our top export category is “Computer and Electronics Products”, a reflection of California’s high-tech manufacturing economy. And Mexico is our top export market – as their economy grows, the increasing demand there will support many new jobs here at home.  It’s a win-win. 

CMTA members include small and large manufacturers who greatly benefit from California’s access to robust supply-chains to connect with international markets for intermediate goods and final sales. They have relied on robust trade relationships under NAFTA to remain competitive in global markets and support high-wage manufacturing jobs in the state. Our proximity to Mexico makes just-in-time advanced manufacturing processes possible for the many California companies with trading partners located there.

We look forward to modernization of NAFTA to reflect advances in technology that have transformed our economy. We urge Congress to preserve and enhance those elements of the agreement that will improve the free flow of goods and keep California companies competitive in global markets.

In July CMTA will provide an update on the topics to be discussed in the negotiations. Questions about NAFTA negotiations can be directed to Dorothy Rothrock at

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